Who we are

CCP is rare, unique nationwide actually. Our help for children battling cancer is IMMEDIATE, COMPREHENSIVE and CONTINUOUS until each child reaches age 21. We help families overcome distance and cost barriers so their child’s care is timely and complete

From blankets to so much more.

In 2001, along with other members of the Spartanburg Optimist International Club, Tom Russell responded to that organization’s nationwide commitment to fund childhood cancer research, asking “what can we do to help locally?” Quickly they discovered how very few places treat childhood cancer, and what a struggle it is for families to get their children to…

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Meet the team

  • Adrina Brown-Duncan

    AmeriCorps VISTA
  • Blake Stafford-Gomez

    Family Advocate
  • Carla Fowler

    Family Advocate Manager
  • Dania Beck

    Director of Philanthropy
  • Debi Abbott

    Development Coordinator
  • Erica Teal

    Communications Coordinator
  • Jordan Ann Owens

    Family Support Coordinator
  • Kate Morrow

    Director of Development
  • Kim Melick

    Director of Operations
  • Laura Allen

    Executive Director
  • Shannon Brown, LISW-CP, LCSW

    Director of Family Programs
  • Tom Russell

    Founder & Family Advocate

Volunteer Leadership

As a public charity recognized under Internal Revenue Service Code section 501(c)(3), CCP is governed by a volunteer board of community, business and professional leaders, who contribute their time and talents to overseeing our mission and strategy. Members are enlisted from across the Carolinas, serving three-year terms, and elect their board officers annually. Nominations are welcome.


Board of Directors – Executive Committee

  • Chair — Ki Young Chung, MD
  • Vice Chair — Melinda Moretz, MD
  • Treasurer — Cal Wicker
  • Secretary — Stone Kelley McLeod
  • Past Chair — Ryan Gaylord
  • Laura Allen (ex officio)


Board Members

  • Karla Butler
  • Glenn Cash
  • Ruth Cate
  • Louise Connell
  • Nene Gunn
  • Martin Huff
  • Marsha Moore
  • Alex Hunt North
  • Alison Smith, MD
  • Mary Beck Sutton-White